Angela Hartnett’s newest Café Murano – offshoot of the original Michelin-starred Murano in Mayfair – opens today in St James’s Street with staff wearing some rather smart uniforms by royal warrant shirt makers, Turnbull & Asser.
The 75 cover restaurant focuses on the regions of Northern Italy, with Head Chef Sam Williams creating signature dishes such as Culatella pasta fritti , Fettuccine with wild boar, Roasted monkfish tail, brown shrimps and golden raisins, and Sausage stew with tomato and sage. The dessert menu will feature Vin Santo and Cantucci biscuits, Roasted fig zabaglione, and traditional highlights such as Panna Cotta and Tiramisu.
Guests can also order cicchetti such as Truffle arancini, Steamed clams, sherry vinegar and Parma ham as well as a range of charcuterie at the 12-seater dining bar. Traditional antipasti includes Warm octopus salad, and Sweet and sour sardines. There will also be a daily changing selection of homemade ice creams or sorbets, with flavours such as Mascarpone, Apple, Fig and Praline.
Interiors by Russell Sage Studios feature a white marble bar occupying the entire left wall of the restaurant. There is original wooden flooring throughout and two rustic chandeliers hanging from the ceilign. Chocolate brown leather banquettes sit opposite the dining bar, which is framed by an oak wall displaying the wine collection. There is a private dining room at the rear which accommodates 20 seated.
In addition to the 100 bin wine list, cocktails include modern interpretations of classic drinks. Think Negroni No. 33 (Tanqueray, Campari, Cinzano Orancio, Cocchi di Torino) or Mandorla Sour (Nardini Mandorla, lemon, whites, Tagliatella drops) plus additional grappa based serves.